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Health & Fitness President Trump Says America's 1.5 Million Coronavirus Cases Are ‘Badge of Honor’ for Testing

09:06  20 may  2020
09:06  20 may  2020 Source:   time.com

More than two million cases of coronavirus identified worldwide, according to Reuters

 More than two million cases of coronavirus identified worldwide, according to Reuters SANT-CORONAVIRUS-BALANCE SHEET: More than two million cases of coronavirus identified worldwide, according to Reuters © Reuters / GONZALO FUENTES MORE THAN TWO MILLIONS REUTERS CORONAVIRUS CASES WORLDWIDE (Reuters) - The mark of two million cases of coronavirus contamination worldwide has been crossed Tuesday, according to a count made by Reuters on this epidemic that appeared in December in China and which has caused the deaths of 131,101 people to date.

President Donald Trump said it’ s “a badge to honor ” that the U. S . has more than 1 . 5 million cases of coronavirus , saying the total is a result of the country testing millions of people for infection. “I view it as a badge of honor ,” Trump told reporters during a cabinet meeting at the White House on Tuesday.

The US coronavirus outbreak has altered daily life in almost every way. Alex Wong/Getty Images. President Trump said today that he is considering a travel ban on Latin America and called the high number of US Covid-19 cases a “ badge of honor ” because it means the US is testing more people.

President Donald Trump said it’s “a badge of honor” that the U.S. has more than 1.5 million cases of coronavirus — the highest number of infections globally — saying the total is simply a reflection of a successful testing regime.

“I view it as a badge of honor, really, it’s a badge of honor,” Trump told reporters during a cabinet meeting at the White House on Tuesday. “It’s a great tribute to the testing and all of the work that a lot of professionals have done.”

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Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with his cabinet in the East Room of the White House on May 19, 2020 in Washington, DC. © Alex Wong—Getty Images President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with his cabinet in the East Room of the White House on May 19, 2020 in Washington, DC.

At least 91,000 Americans have died from Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, since February. The U.S. has now performed more than 11.8 million tests for infection by the virus, according to the Covid Tracking Project, after the government experienced delays in getting tests developed and manufactured. The U.S. continues to face testing shortages and sets priorities for who gets one.

Contrary to Trump’s claim, U.S. testing levels aren’t extraordinary. The U.S. trails countries like the U.K., Italy and Germany in tests conducted per 1,000 people, Bloomberg data show. And the U.S. is finding a case for every 7.8 tests, far behind other countries like New Zealand, Australia and South Korea, who have to test far higher numbers of people to find a case, according to figures compiled by Our World In Data.

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The U.S. has the largest publicly reported outbreak in the world. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the U.S. has conducted a reported 11.3 million tests, though Trump said he believed the number was closer to 14 million.

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“If you’re testing 14 million people, you’re going to find many more cases,” Trump said. “Many of these people aren’t very sick but they still go down as a case, so, actually, the number of cases — and we’re also a much bigger country than most. So when we have a lot of cases, I don’t look at that as a bad thing, I look at that as, in a certain respect, as being a good thing because it means our testing is much better.”

One administration official, briefing reporters earlier on Tuesday on condition of anonymity, said the U.S. is starting to see a decline in cases and deaths, even as testing increases. The positive test percentage is also decreasing, meaning that the nation is finding the cases less frequently in testing, the official said.

–With assistance from Justin Sink.

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